The US Robotics Wireless Ndx Router USR 5464 is a Draft-N wireless router. This particular range is ‘draft 1.0-compliant’ and therefore available for somewhat less than draft 2.0 compliant products which are emerging. With 802.11n due to change somewhat before final ratification in September 2008, the value of conformance is moot.
The router is, however, Wi-Fi certified for 802.11b and g. The US Robotics Wireless Ndx Router USR 5464 is not an unattractive beast, with its bright blue status LEDs and trio of antennae sprouting out of the rear. Apart from the obligatory four Fast Ethernet ports and SPI firewall, some differentiation from the common herd is provided by the inclusion of a USB print server port – it’s a pity that you can’t plug a USB drive in here.
The USRobotics Wireless Ndx Router USR 5464's wizard-guided setup is straightforward – it had no problems automatically detecting that it was connected to another ADSL router before making a WAN connection to it. Another timesaver was USR’s automatic encryption setup.
SecureEZSetup works just like the equivalent found on Linksys and Buffalo devices – you press a button on the router, click a button on the client software and, hey presto, a long convoluted encryption key is automatically generated and accepted at both ends. Again it took seconds to connect wirelessly (and securely, using WPA2 with AES) to the Ndx.
Using Ixia Qcheck to measure throughput, we clocked the peak performance of the router at 33Mbit/s, which is par for the course among the better draft-N routers we have looked at - and roughly what you would expect given the "theoretical" symbol rate 270Mbit/s, which includes a lot of overhead.
We’ve yet to be blown away by the performance of any draft-N wireless device, and the US Robotics Wireless Ndx Router USR 5464 does nothing to change this. Nevertheless, it’s an easy to use, nicely priced wireless router that's as fast as its rivals but not significantly faster than MIMO-based 54g alternatives.
The US Robotics Wireless Ndx Router USR 5464 is an easy to use, nicely priced wireless router that's as fast as its rivals but not significantly faster than MIMO-based 54g alternatives.